Despite the challenges that 2022 has presented so far, the data center industry continually finds new ways to innovate. Below is a round-up of some of our favorite news stories over the past few months, ranging from exciting growth to new sustainable ecosystems.
Hyperscale Data Center Growth: $585.0 Billion by 2030
According to a report published by Allied Market Research, the global hyperscale data center market generated $59.0 billion in 2020 but is estimated to make an astronomical leap to $585.0 billion by 2030. The report goes on to say that the cloud providers segment dominated the market share in 2020 through to 2022 as hyperscale data centers continue to be utilized to develop scalable cloud networks. However, the enterprise segment is expected to see the highest growth in upcoming years, largely due to the increasing demand for automation in modern enterprises.
Construction Launched of World’s First Sustainable Hyperscale Data Center Ecosystem
Wyoming Hyperscale White Box is leading the way with reducing environmental impact at its Aspen Mountain campus, where they are constructing the world’s first sustainable hyperscale data center development. The venture will be a carbon-negative ecosystem that will utilize reusing heat and leveraging 100% liquid-cooled information technology equipment (ITE). It will also be powered by renewable energy sources and will eliminate industrial water consumption.
PubMatic Announces Switch to 100% Renewable Energy in all its Data Centers
PubMatic, a digital advertising company, has announced that its global data centers are now powered by 100 % renewable energy. PubMatic have data centers in locations around the world, including London, Amsterdam, Singapore, and California. In order to make the jump to renewable energy, PubMatic collaborated with colocation providers and secured qualified renewable energy through virtual power purchase agreements and retail supply agreements. Their data centers, which account for around 90% of the company’s total energy expenditure, are now powered entirely by wind and solar power.
Amazon Announces Quantum Networking Research Center
Amazon Web Services (AWS) has announced it will be opening a Center for Quantum Networking (CQN) with “a mission to address fundamental scientific and engineering challenges and to develop new hardware, software, and applications for quantum networks. CQN will complement the advanced quantum science and engineering efforts already underway at the AWS Center for Quantum Computing and the Amazon Quantum Solutions Lab.” Quantum networks essentially distribute “entanglement”, so quantum states useful in one node can be shared in another. This can only be done by sharing single photons of light and timing measurements very precisely. This will be done using the same fiber optics as today’s Internet, creating a parallel channel alongside classical Internet communications.
Subsea Cloud Proposes Underwater Data Centers for Singapore
Subsea Cloud, a company proposing underwater data centers, says it is working to deploy units off the shores of Singapore, which the US company says will bring “sustainable, scalable data centers to the area”. Singapore implemented a ban on any further data centers builds in 2019 due to their high energy usage and lack of land availability. The ban was technically lifted earlier this year; however, this came with much more selective criteria for new data center builds. Floating or submerged data centers seem to be the most feasible answer to Singapore’s concerns, as they use up to 40% less power than standard land-based data centers and will not take up much needed space on land.